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Play Ball!

Let me state up front that I am not athletically inclined. I’ve never had a good sense of balance. Skating was not a pastime of my youth; nor was bicycle riding one of my accomplishments. Even today I have one of the three-wheeled bicycles with a large basket at the rear. My dad, who had [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:41+00:00June 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Look At the Birdie

From the time I was old enough to hold up my head I can recall that my dad was holding a camera for me to smile into. As proof of that I have boxes of old photos that chronicle my life from the time I was born. It only seemed natural therefore for me to [...]

By |2010-05-22T23:04:27+00:00May 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Music in The Air

When I was six years old I received a tiny pink plastic piano that had only one and a half octaves of notes. I’m sure this toy was meant only to soothe the musical curiosity that dwells in children. But I actually loved this toy – it was one of two whose memories have remained [...]

By |2010-04-22T23:05:07+00:00April 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

My Mother’s Cookie Jar

Our kitchen counter was home to a large cookie jar that was molded into the shape of an apple. It stood about ten inches high and was topped by a lid made to resemble the leaves and stem of the fruit. It’s body was bright red in color and the leaves that formed the lid [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:41+00:00March 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

The Man with The Black Satchel

Around the end of January and along into February most of us children were prone to catching colds. There was nothing so annoying as a stuffy nose, a scratchy throat, or being all cold and shivery. Since I rode the bus to school each day I was exposed to all sorts of germs and airborne [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:41+00:00February 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Something for Nothing

Throughout the decades there have been many types of sales promotions to entice the consumer into buying a certain product. One of my favorites as a child was Cracker Jack where inside each box there was a small toy of some kind. Another one that I recall was a powdered laundry detergent that tucked a [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:42+00:00January 22nd, 2010|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

One Stop Shopping?

Does one size really fit all? That’s what I was thinking as I went about doing my holiday shopping this year, wandering the aisles of my local supercenter and jostling through the clusters of shoppers. When did we get to this point of impersonal shopping, with forty or fifty different stores (departments) under one giant [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:42+00:00December 22nd, 2009|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Christmas At Our House

Christmas morning didn’t hold for me as much fascination as did Christmas Eve. That is still true for me today. Maybe it is the anticipation of Christmas Day or the magic of night time with stars twinkling in a crisp, clear sky that makes Christmas Eve so very special. Or maybe it was simply the [...]

By |2009-11-22T23:08:41+00:00November 22nd, 2009|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

What’s Your Favorite Treat?

As much as I love sweet treats, and there certainly are plenty of them around Halloween, the allure of a basket full of candy pales in comparison to that wonderful Italian treat known as pizza. My first pizza came from that hallmark of pizzerias – Roseland Apizza in Derby. I was most likely four or [...]

By |2009-10-22T23:09:19+00:00October 22nd, 2009|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments

Fair Weather

As an adult I loved going to the Big E (Eastern States Exposition). For weeks on end we see the billboards and hear the announcements on the radio telling us of special features and reminding us of the dates. Closer to home my favorites were the Guilford Fair, the Durham Fair, and of course the [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:42+00:00September 22nd, 2009|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments